IFS steers through tough times
While most of the industries in the world are undergoing bitter
experience of the global recession the Swedish software company IFS said
the year 2008 is the best ever year of the company and the business is
flourishing and future is optimistic.
“Our revenue, profit, recruitment, expansion and R&D all have
increased while recession is hitting most of the industries in the
From left to right; Managing Director
IFS R&D Jonas Bridgwater, Senior Vice President Product and
Marketing Thomas Petersson, CEO and President Alastair
Sorbie and Vice President, IFS South Asia Jayantha De
Therefore we believe that our products, most of them produced in Sri
Lanka, are good and our strategies are right” said the President and the
CEO of IFS Alastair Sorbie. He was addressing the media in Colombo last
“IFS has clients in 50 countries around the world and we are very
close and concerned about our clients. Because we know that they have
many choices and they have specific reason to select us. IFS R&D centre
in Sri Lanka is an important part of our company.
There are 700 employees here and it is one third of the IFS, Sorbie
IFS group Senior Vice President Thomas Petersson said that the R&D
centre in Colombo is by far the largest contributor to the development
and support of IFS applications. We are very impressed by the high
quality and competitiveness of our products in the international market
which are testaments to the success of our Sri Lanka operations.
Although Sri Lanka may not be perceived as the ideal destination for
outsourcing, it is the ideal location for IFS R&D operations.
Unlike India, it was easy to set up a strong recruitment process
the highly educated graduates from Sri Lanka’s state and private
universities are similar in skills and qualifications to their
counterparts in the Nordic region.
They have an enormous drive and are always looking for new
developments. “Eleven years ago when we decided to start our R&D centre
in Colombo some criticised us and asked why we go to Sri Lanka without
looking at India or China.
Our decision was not ad hoc and we did a indepth study and found that
the graduates produced by the state universities are really good.
The market was untapped. Today we have proved that our decision is
We like the Sri Lankan mentality and the employees are loyal and stay
a long time with the employer.
In IFS we all are in one family and there is no offshoring in our
business, Petersson said.
E-WIS celebrates 23 years of service with quality products
Celebrating the 23rd anniversary on April 23, E-WIS marked the
beginning of another successful year ahead.
The Chairman/CEO Sanjeewa Wickramanayake said - “This journey was not
an easy one.
It was made possible by two very important parties. Firstly, our
committed customers who, through their suggestions on improvement and
constructive criticism made us what we are today. Secondly, the
committed E-WIS family who achieved supreme customer care in every
direction. `Customers for life’ has been our philosophy throughout this
long journey. We serve our valued customers with the best quality
products, exceptional services and supreme customer care.
On this special day, I thank all our customers who had faith in us
and would like to renew the assurance of our continuous supreme customer
Since 1986, E-WIS has made a major contribution towards the
development of the national ICT sector by undertaking many nationally
This includes the automation of the Employees Provident Fund,
e-pensions project, Automation of the complete process of Attorney
Generals Office, Automating the examination process for the Department
of Examinations etc.
E-WIS is a one-stop solution provider for any type of ICT related
requirement. With its subsidiaries, E-WIS is serving almost all the
segments related to ICT such as Hardware/ Software retailing, ICT
infrastructure solutions, Software solutions, data printing, web
development, career training, secured data printing etc.
During the past 23 years, E-WIS has been an international landmark in
the Sri Lankan Information Technology arena. Acquiring the best
knowledge and expertise from their international principal partners, E-WIS
provides the best quality products and services to their customers.
As the sole business partner of Lexmark in Sri Lanka and the top
performing partner of HP, E-WIS also has partnerships for Microsoft,
CISCO and many more recognized ICT products.
A high level of quality is maintained within the organisational
processes and is an important factor at E-WIS. With an ISO 9002
certification and the only ICT Company in Sri Lanka to be affiliated
with the United Nations Global Compact are international levels of
testimony of quality acquired by E-WIS. Islandwide branches and
Engineering services network covering the whole island ensures uniform
and high quality services to E-WIS customers in any part of the country.
Wickramanayake expressed his vision for the new and challenging year
ahead. “The economic downturn that the world is undergoing after the
1930s has created a very challenging market for every business segment
including ICT. Our vision for the year is to get the best utilization of
our resources in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness in our
Use of advancements in ICT is the key to achieve this and we will be
sharing our knowledge with our customers to make their lives easier
E-WIS has always been a socially responsible corporate citizen. With
its CSR initiative E-Praja Kirana, E-WIS is placing its fullest effort
to eliminate barriers between urban and rural communities through
Facilitating the E-villages project inspired by Mahinda Chinthana,
supporting underprivileged schools with ICT facilities, annual book
donations, scholarship programs etc.
are all geared towards achieving the CSR objective of eliminating the
brain drain from rural to urban and develop rural communities.“In the
1980’s, the computer was a luxurious commodity and it was purchased as
an ornament to depict the status of the rich.
It was not easily accessible people protected this ornament with
But today, everything has changed. People work on real time
applications and they live with the technology. The World is becoming
smaller and smaller with the advancements of the internet and technology
has taken control over almost every segment of the world.
Through our expertise and relationships, we will continue to bring
global knowledge to our country as we have through out the past and this
will be our ageless promise for the years to come”.